Our CI Team – Administrative Staff
Dr. Xuejun (Jim) Yu
Director of the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College
Dr. Jim Yu is the Director of the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College. He assumed his current position in June of 2010 and since then has been responsible for the College’s expansion of Chinese language and culture class offerings and the increased presence of China at arts and culture events of national prominence. He holds a B.A. in Chinese language and literature from Jiangxi University, an M.A. in communication from the University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D. in international communication from the University of Florida. Additionally, he has also completed advanced studies at Fudan University in Shanghai and held a Parvin Fellowship at the East-West Center in Honolulu. His previous academic appointments include teaching Chinese language, culture, and communication at Jiangxi University (China), the University of Florida, Stetson University, and the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Yu is widely recognized as an accomplished community leader. In the fields of cultural entertainment and international education–where he has served as a business executive–he holds an extensive track record of successful Chinese culture programming. He has worked with major US corporations and universities, international cultural festivals, and Asian community events throughout the USA. For his achievements in the academic, cultural and community service arenas he has received awards from organizations such as the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, the Broadcast Education Association and the Federation of Florida Chinese Associations.
Outside of the Institute, he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Asian American Advisory Board of Miami–Dade County, the Chinese Culture Foundation (Miami), and as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Contemporary Chinese School of South Florida (Miami Campus).
Prof. Xinglin Liu
Deputy Director of Confucius Institute
Prof. Xinglin Liu came to be the deputy director (Chinese director) of the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College in September, 2014. Prior to his arrival in Miami, he was a college faculty of more than two decades, an associate professor and Head of Business English Department at School of Foreign Studies of Jiangsu Normal University. He received his MA from Xuzhou Normal University in 2004, focusing his academic interest in comparative study of the English and Chinese languages and translation. He was the author of some research articles about linguistic study and translation, and co-author of several literary works translated from English to Chinese. He was once a visiting scholar to Shanghai International Studies University in China and Queensland University of Technology in Australia.
Ms. Lisset Sanchez
Lisset Sanchez joined the Confucius Institute recently this year to help the institute with their administrative workload. She provides administrative support to ensure the efficient operation of the CI. At the same time, Lisset is pursuing an AA at the college. Prior to her arrival to the Confucius Institute she was working as a customer representative assistant very involve with the needs of the people. Lisset has lived in three different places during her life. These multicultural environments has made her love and have a special interest in languages and arts.